Mrs A Wright
Robin Hood Class
Our projects in Year 4
They Made a Difference
Saving the World
Heptonstall and Rochdale - Contrasting Localities
Every child will receive a Maths Homework book, a Spelling Homework book and a Learning Journal. These must be respected in line with school policy. Please ensure your child has a clean, distraction free environment to complete their homework.
Spelling lists are given out weekly and will be tested. Maths facts will be given weekly and tested.
The class teacher will inform the children when the test will take place.
The only exception for this is the children accessing IDL who receive a login to practise at home online.
Three Learning Journal tasks will be set over each half term. This will be set by the teacher and will state a return date on the piece.
Reading books are given out at the start of the school year.
It is important that parents listen to their child read every night to develop their fluency and comprehension skills. The adult must sign, date and comment in their child's Reading Record. Please ask your child's teacher if you want support in what questions to ask while reading.
Reading books must be in school every day so that teachers and teaching assistants can also read with the children.
In each of the Key Stage 2 classes there is a Reading Tree, every child has their own monkey. When they read and have their record signed they are moved up the tree. On Friday, if the child has reached the top of the tree, their name is entered into a draw. They then have an opportunity to win a brand new book from a selection, if their name is chosen from the draw.
Children have PE 3 times over the two week timetable. Please ensure that all children have a PE kit, for indoor and outdoor PE. They will also need trainers for outdoor PE lessons.
Hercules have outdoor games on Tuesdays and Indoor gym and dance on Fridays.
Robin Hood have outdoor games on Tuesdays and Indoor gym and dance on Mondays.
Hercules Class go swimming every Thursday morning at the local swimming baths from September until February
Robin Hood Class will go swimming every Thursday morning at the local swimming baths from February until we finish for the summer holidays in July.
What do you need to bring for your swimming lessons?
-swim shorts (above the knee)
-hair tie (to tie long hair back)
- hair brush/comb
-a named bag to put all of your swimming things in
Our project for this half term is Ancient Egyptians.
We will engage in lots of exciting and fun learning activities. Here is what we did:
-creating a timeline of significant events
-using hieroglyphics in our writing
-investigating the significance of the River Nile
-research an Egyptian Pharaoh using ipads
-discover and evaluate the objects inside Tutankhamen's tomb
-investigate the process of mummification
-design a canopic jars
In English, we looked at alternative narratives through the book Egyptian Cinderella.
We enjoyed our visit to Touchstones for an Egyptian workshop, where we created our own Egyptian death mask, became curators in a museum and were archaeologists finding and sorting artefacts from different time periods
They Made a Difference
The second half term we focused on important people who have influenced and made a
difference in the world. Here is what we did:
- we researched different scientists and found out how they made a difference.
-describing and explaining sound sources
-explaining how different sounds travel
In English we created our own fantasy story, using Harry Potter as our focus novel. We described settings and characters.
Saving Our World
The aim of this project is for children to become much more aware of the environment around us and our impact on the world. We intend to learn about:
- The Water Cycle
- Food Chains and animal survival
- Understanding our responsibilities for the environment, including Global Warming
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Recyclable materials
In English, we used the story, The Flower as a basis for our writing. We have researched, planned, written and edited our own non-chronological report. We have planned and written and edited our own story based on the text The Flower
Here are is an idea of the lessons we intend to teach:
- Evaluating chocolate preferences in our classes. We linked this to English by using adventurous descriptive vocabulary such as:
Appearance- glossy, shiny, dull, mottled, waxy, discoloured, even coloured…
Taste- bitter, creamy, sweet, spicy, sweet, sour, salty…
Texture- soft, silky, gritty,hard, mushy, crunchy, smooth, lumpy, crumbly…
Smell: Rich, sweet, earthy, nutty, floral, fruity, dairy, caramel, nuts, coffee, dried fruits…We also linked this to mathematics by creating bar charts to represent our preferences.
- Investigating the process of making chocolate.
- Designing our own chocolate treat- this links with our English work on The Chocolate Factory Ghost!
- Exploring the importance of Fair Trade.
- Researching the history of the Cadbury's family.
In English, we will look at The Chocolate Factory Ghost – David O’Connell.
Rochdale and Heptonstall
During this half term, we will research 2 contrasting locations in our project. We will learn:
*OS Map symbols
*Map reading skills, including 4 digit grid references
*The difference between human and physical features
*The different features found in urban, rural, mountainous, coastal and industrial localities
*How to describe the geographical features of Rochdale
*How to describe the geographical features of Heptonstall
*How to compare Rochdale with Heptonstall
We will even have an opportunity to visit Heptonstall on an educational visit. Whilst we are there, we will make a list of all the features we see so that we can create our very own map of Heptonstall back in school. We also will complete a quiz and trail in Heptonstall to help us notice all of the historical features including the cobbled streets, the oldest house and the three graveyards!
In English, we will look at Issues and Dilemmas in Narrative through the text Heart In a Bottle, as well as Explanation Texts when explaining the locality of Heptonstall.
We are really looking forward to learning all about Ancient Rome.
We will be visiting Chester for the Dewa Roman Experience.